Konyaks, the head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyak tribal people – once fearsome warriors and head-hunters, now dying-out culture of Nagaland, northeast India. They are recognised by their facial and body tattoos, their age is seldom confirmed, but estimated from 80 to over 100 years. It is believed that in 10 or 15 years these Konyak head-hunters will be buried beneath Christian headstones in the mountain villages and since their history is not stored in any pleadings, the living memories of their unique cultural existence will disappear for ever.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.


India – photo appetizer

I have just returned from a magnificent trip throughout India! The country has so much to offer to anyone with open eyes: from the ecstasy of Holi festival to the grief of hardworking children in the mines of Dhanbad, from the imposing beauty of Taj Mahal to the disappearing tribal people of Konyak in Nagaland, from Kumbh Mela festival to the slums of Kolkata. Here are some quickly selected photographs – more to come along with stories – so stay tuned!


Boy carrying basket full of coal that he has collected from a government mine in Dhanbad, India

Boy carrying basket full of coal that he has collected from a government mine in Dhanbad, India

Holi festival in Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan, India

Holi festival in Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan, India

Old Konyak man smoking opium, Nagaland, India

Old Konyak man smoking opium, Nagaland, India

Tattooed Konyak man, Nagaland, India

Tattooed Konyak man, Nagaland, India

Holi festival, India

Holi festival, India

Stealing coal in Dhanbad coal mines

Stealing coal in Dhanbad mines

Holy man - Sadhu - drinking tea, Haridwar, India

Holy man – Sadhu – drinking tea, Haridwar, India

Early morning bath in the Ganga river, Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, India

Early morning bath in the Ganga river, Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, India

Slum of Kolkata, India

Train passing along the slums of Kolkata, India

Coalfields in Jharia, India

Coalfields in Jharia, India


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